Judges' Bios - National Book Awards, 2008
Gail Godwin (chair)
was a three time National Book Award Finalist in Fiction:
for The Odd Woman ; 1980
for Violet Clay; 1983
for A Mother and Two Daughters . Her latest
novel is Queen of the Underworld.
Goldstein, her latest novel is Thirty-Six
Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction.
Lipman, her latest novel is My Latest Grievance.
Marie Arana (chair), a 2001 National Book Award Finalist in Nonfiction for American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood.
Jasmine Griffin, a professor and author, her
latest book, written with Salim Washington, is Clawing
at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and
the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever.
Kevin Starr, a 2006 National Humanities Medal recipient, whose most recent book is California: A History.
Robert Pinsky (chair), a former Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, his most recent poetry collection is Gulf Music: Poems.
Marilyn Nelson is a three time Finalist for the National Book Awards, twice for poetry, in 1997 for The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems, and again in 1991 for The Homeplace; again in 2001 in Young People’s Literature for Carver: A Life in Poems.
Handler (chair), best known for his
work under the pen name Lemony Snicket. His latest book
Black, is best known for her series, The Spiderwick
Chronicles. Her latest book is The Nixie's Song
(Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles).
Angela Johnson’s most recent book is The First Part Last, which won the 2004 Coretta Scott King Award (Writing Category) and won the 2004 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.
most recent teen novel is Guyaholic : The Story
of Finding, Flirting, Forgetting... And the Boy Who
was a 1982
National Book Award Finalist in Children’s Books,
Fiction (Hardcover) for her novel Homecoming.
Her most recent novel is Bad Girls, Bad Girls, Whatcha